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April 7, 2023

Video: Nancy Fraser on Cannibal Capitalism

Video is now available from our recent New Book Salon, Nancy Fraser: Cannibal Capitalism. On February 9, 2023, Nancy Fraser was joined in conversation with Ryan Cecil Jobson, with Lisa Wedeen as moderator.

Capital is currently cannibalizing every sphere of life—guzzling wealth from nature and racialized populations, sucking up our ability to care for each other, and gutting the practice of politics. In this tightly argued and urgent volume, leading Marxist feminist theorist Nancy Fraser charts the voracious appetite of capital, tracking it from crisis point to crisis point, from ecological devastation to the collapse of democracy, from racial violence to the devaluing of care work. These crisis points all come to a head in Covid-19, which Fraser argues can help us envision the resistance we need to end the feeding frenzy.

What we need, she argues, is a wide-ranging socialist movement that can recognize the rapaciousness of capital—and starve it to death.